Updike claims that this difference in social classes is the main reason Sammy

Updike claims that this difference in social classes

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Updike claims that this difference in social classes is the main reason Sammy quits his job. He says Sammy's "gesture of quitting has to do with the fact that she was rich, and she was poor, as he sees it" Sammy seems to be looking for a girl who will show him things he's never seen and take him places he's never been. Updike suggests that not just any girl would have inspired Sammy to such action. In the short story "A & P" by John Updike, Sammy thinks of the customers as sheep because they all appear alike to him, and they seem mindless. Just as sheep will flock and follow one another, so do the customers at the A & P as they go up and down the aisles, blindly reading their shopping lists. This is different from the girls who enter the store in their bathing attire and walk the wrong way f rom the sheep , up and down the aisles. Sammy says, "The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle—the girls were walking against the usual traffic.” The girls, therefore, illustrate the unconventional, going against the rules. Later on in the story, Sammy refers to the customers once again as sheep as they are "all bunched up" when the girls are being reprimanded by Lengel. Again, this illustrates their similar, 2
herd-like behavior. However, when Sammy refers to them as sheep, it also shows that he thinks that the girls are better than the other customers. This also illustrates that he, too, thinks himself better than the sheep . When Sammy quickly quits his job, he also acts in an unconventional manner. Sammy thinks of customers as sheep because he really doesn't care about them as individuals. They are all the same to him...simply people that are there to buy goods. Also, let's think about how sheep are regarded and taken care of. They are not regarded as the smartest animals, first of all. Also, they are herded through gates by Australian cattle dogs or other types of herding dogs, just as the customers are herded through the check-out lines at the A & P store where Sammy works. The reference of people as sheep is not a pleasant or flattering one, then, as we can see! “A & P” is a short initiation story in which the young protagonist, in a gesture of empty heroism, quits his job at the supermarket because the manager has embarrassed three girls—and learns just “how hard the world was going to be to him hereafter.” Most

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